Armoured Horseman: With the Bays and Eighty Army in North Africa and Italy - Peter WillettBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2015, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “A well-known and respected figure in the racing world, Peter Willett’s extensive wartime service may come as a surprise to his many friends and acquaintances; he has seldom spoken of his time with The Queen’s Bays during the North African and Italian campaigns. Happily in Armoured Horseman, he has recorded his experiences of fighting with Eighth Army and the comradeship of regimental soldiering.
The chances of survival for tank crews were slim and many good friends were lost. While modest to a fault, the Author was in the thick of the action from the Msus Stakes, through El Alamein, where he commanded the leading troop of his regiment at the beginning of the decisive Operation Supercharge, to Tunis, and later took part in the fierce Gothic Line battles in North Italy.
New memoirs of the Second World War are sadly rare today and gems such as this by a professional writer should not be missed. The Author tells a moving and graphic story with his characteristic mix of frankness and lightness of touch.
As well as satisfying the military enthusiast, Armoured Horseman will find a ready audience in the racing fraternity. Peter covers equestrian activities in post-war Austria and goes on to summarise his career as a racing journalist, breeding authority and consultant, member of the Jockey Club and long association with Goodwood. He takes the opportunity to describe many colourful characters that have frequented the racing scene.”